This past weekend, Georgia Military College Athletic Trainer Morgan Stefanik took on some unique challenges. July marks Morgan's first full year with GMC after moving south from snowy Buffalo, NY to join the staff at GMC. She generally works with the GMC JC football players with their treatment, nutrition, and physical training. She recently started her days earlier with the ECP cadets and their physical training. On Saturday though, she went to competition for herself with the National Muscle Association's CAN/AM Nationals in Buffalo, NY – where she earned her Professional Figure Card.
Morgan was a long time track runner – more than 10 years of training and competing, but after finishing a half marathon in 2014, she decided she wanted a new challenge and she gravitated to the weight room and bodybuilding. "I switched from running to lifting because my body and mind needed a new challenge."
In 2016, she competed in her first competition and has done well since, Saturday was somewhat of a breakthrough performance. Stefanik competed in Women's Figure Division in both the Open and the National categories. In order to compete in the national category prior qualification was required. She placed 2nd overall in the Open Division and won the National Division which earned her a coveted professional card and the ability to compete professionally across the country. She also competed in the Women's Physique Open Division which she also won – in her first time competing. "I was truly impressed myself with how well I did with physique because I added it 14 days prior to competing. Winning my Pro Figure card this weekend was a great feeling, and I could not have won it in a better place with my family and friends watching."
"Morgan has been a great addition to our athletics staff at GMC," stated GMC Athletic Director Bert Williams. "She is a go-getter and has brought some great ideas to our physical training and awareness of nutrition to our athletes. We are all very excited for her and this win and look forward to seeing what she will do in future competitions."
Morgan will compete again this weekend in Nashville, TN with the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilding (OCB). She will again be going for her Pro card within this organization. Then keep an eye out for her competing in Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA with the OCB. Then she'll be in Lawrenceville, GA with the Natural Muscle Association in the coming months. All of these contests are drug tested competition; so, achieving the stage look is all done through planned nutrition and properly programmed training. If you are interested in learning more about natural bodybuilding you can reach out to Morgan or you can visit https://www.southeastnaturalmuscleassociation.com/.